Two international epidemiologists have arrived in the country supported by the WHO and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs to provide technical support in the field of epidemiology for the current COVID-19 response.

The arrival of the epidemiologists will boost the Government’s response to COVID-19 in the country.

Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the distribution patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

It is a cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.

Epidemiologist’s help with study design, collection, and statistical analysis of data, amend interpretation and dissemination of results (including peer review and occasional systematic review).

Epidemiology has helped develop methodology used in clinical research, public health studies, and, to a lesser extent, basic research in the biological sciences.

The Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services continues to receive technical advice and recommendations from UN agencies such as UNICEF and WHO.

This week the Ministry also recruited an additional 130 probationers and 23 registered nurses to the National Referral Hospital.

Additional nurses also signed their contracts Monday this week for deployment to Guadalcanal Province while several more nurses signed their contracts on Tuesday to support the Honiara City Council health response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is working on its strategy to reengage the country’s returning nurses from Vanuatu for Provincial deployment.

Source: GCU